Northern Health Injury Management Coordinator, Winnie Tjong, recently won the WorkSafe Victoria Award for ‘Return to Work Coordinator Excellence.’
On winning the award, Winnie said, “this was a surprise and would not have been possible without the support of my team, management and most importantly the staff I work with.”
Some of the initiatives Winnie has established include the staff injury assist phone triage service, onsite exercise physiology, information packs and training for managers, and job demands checklists for GPs and practitioners.
Director of OHS & Wellbeing, Will Halpin, said, “Winnie richly deserves this award and we’re lucky at Northern Health to have her as our Injury Management Coordinator. She has a strong work ethic, provides technical expertise and has a person–centred approach. Although her role is specific to staff injury management, Winnie has been instrumental in the staff injury prevention space also.”
Winnie champions Northern Health’s commitment to return injured workers safely back to work as soon as possible, which includes ensuring there are suitable or pre-injury employment options available. Every injured worker is treated the same in the return to work process, regardless of whether their injury is work-related.
Winnie is driven to continuously improve processes to make them easier for injured workers.
To learn more about Winnie’s award, watch the video below: